The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea-Book Review

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“If it can bleed, it can die.” ~The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea

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I’ve read and reviewed a plethora of books, but not many make it to my blog.  Before I post one, I ask myself the following questions:

  1. Was the writing fantastic?
  2. Did the plot keep me excited and reading without skipping pages?
  3. If it is horror, did it make me turn on the lights?

If the answers are yes to all of these questions, I consider the book a 5 star novel, and The Jersey Devil is definitely one of those books.

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Old man Willet had a secret; a secret he and his family hid, and a secret they didn’t fully understand.  After years of lying dormant, The Jersey Devil decided to make a reappearance.  Sightings became more frequent and turning violent where they hadn’t  before.  Somehow tied to this creature, the Willet family, along with cryptozoologist Norm Cranston,  set out to find the Devil with the intent to destroy him, and hopefully sever all ties with the monster.  Read to find out if the Willets succeed, or if the Jersey Devil lives to terrorize another day.

I’ve been looking for a great horror book and definitely found it in this one.  The Jersey Devil kept me awake every night reading in the dark, sometimes forcing me to get up and roam through the house turning on the lights.  It did what I’d hoped.  It kept me up, made me paranoid, and afraid to turn out the lights.  Great work Mr. Shea!

I give this one 5 stars!

 

 

Review of Deadfall Lane by Israel Finn

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In a rage, Pete Denning commits an unspeakable act while in a desperate attempt to keep that which he loves –his son. But eliminating his problem doesn’t solve anything. It only breeds and nurtures his worst nightmare.

I’ve read Deadfall Lane twice and yes, it is that good.   It is a very short story that took me only about twenty minutes to read.

Finn weaves a chilling and gripping tale that left me thinking about it long after I finished reading it. This story has it all: love, hate, rejection, betrayal, murder and a deep, heavy creep factor to hold it all together.

Finn is an excellent author and I’ve read a few of his other stories, such as No Such Thing as Monsters and Stones. All are beautifully written and I recommend any one of Israel Finn stories.  If you have a few spare moments and want to fill them with something great to read, grab one.

Deadfall Lane gets 5 stars.

You can find all of Israel Finn books on his author page at Amazon.

Learn more about Israel Finn by following his website Israel Finn.com and follow him on twitter @Israel_Finn

Israel Finn

Israel Finn  is a horror, dark fantasy, and speculative fiction writer, and a winner of the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition. He’s had a life-long love affair with books, and was weaned on authors like Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Arthur C. Clarke and H.G. Wells. Books were always strewn everywhere about the big white house in Indiana where he grew up. He loves literary works (Dickens and Twain, for instance), but his main fascination lies in the fantastic and the macabre, probably because he was so heavily exposed to it early on.

Later he discovered Robert McCammon, Dean Koontz, F. Paul Wilson, Dan Simmons, Ramsey Campbell, and (God help us, everyone) Stephen Edwin King, as well as several others, and the die was indelibly cast.

Right now he lives with his wife in southern California.

 

Review of KIN by Kealan Patrick Burke

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A teenage girl is found wandering alone; nude, battered, missing an eye.  Her friends murdered, her captors hot on her trail, she escapes to live another day with the help of an old man and his son.

KIN is the best book I’ve read this year.

Not only did KIN keep me glued to my kindle, Burke’s detailed descriptions horrified me and turned my stomach.  I could almost smell the rancid stench of “Mama-in-bed” and nearly gagged along with her son Luke, when he tasted the putrid funk infusing the air of her room.

Without giving away any of the plot, I have to say that the moments leading up to Luke’s “rebirth” is quite possibly the best and most unsettling scene I have ever read in a book.  Just the thought of this scene disturbed me for days.  So much so, in fact, I had to read it to a few others to disturb them as well.  A good disturbance is meant to be shared.

Burke’s writing style has a unique descriptive quality, both horror and non-horror.  In perfect contrast to the more shocking descriptions, I found quite a few beautifully written lines, such as, ” … consciousness flickering like a candle flame in a draft.”  and “The breeze snatched the smoke from the car, dragging it into the rain.”

This author’s ability to make me love, hate, and empathize with his characters is incredible. In the end, I actually felt sorry for one of those murderous bastards and found myself cheering for him.

Contrary to a statement an Amazon reviewer posted, the family as a unit, did not approve nor condone incest.  These people were sick, murderous, and cannibalistic, but inner family relations were harshly dealt with.  As a Southern girl, I am pleased that Mr. Burke did not fall into this type of stereotypical behavior with the characters of this story.  Yeah, yeah, I know, but I am ok with reading about murder and cannibalism. We all have our demons.

I give this one a firm 5 stars.  In all honesty, I absolutely loved this novel, but if you are easily disturbed, this book may not be for you.

Otherwise, read it!  🙂

You can find KIN on Amazon and find more of this authors books on his Amazon Author page.

You can also learn more about Kealan Burke on his website.

Review of Flowers for Evelene by Joseph A. Pinto

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When we first meet Doug, he appears to be a normal average guy, but just a scratch below the surface, we find a tortured, confused man battling a consuming addiction—Evelene.

Doug tried to fight Evelene’s seduction and thought he’d won, but he made a horrid mistake. He invited her into his life again. Now she’s relentless, haunting him, whispering in his ear, convincing him that all those who are dear to him are trying to cause him harm. She pulls him back into her world repeatedly, but will he finally break free, or will he succumb to all she desires?

See for yourself.

I am impressed with the author’s ability to lock us inside the mind of a man who appears to be going insane. The question of Evelene’s existence is always in the forefront our minds. Is she real? Is she a demon? Is she a figment of Doug’s imagination? She is his addiction, and that is about as real as it can get for Doug.

Joseph Pinto’s writing is fluid, descriptive and a joy to read; no stumbling over awkward sentences, no eye-catching errors, just a nice relaxing book with an addictive plot that kept me turning pages as fast as I could.

Just remember, this is erotic horror, so don’t expect your Granny’s Reader’s Digest.

Be prepared for anything.

I gave this one 5 stars.

You can find Flowers For Evelene here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Learn more about Joseph A. Pinto at  https://josephpinto.wordpress.com/ and follow him on twitter @josephapinto.

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Review of The Dead Lands by Dylan J. Morgan

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One hundred years after nuclear war devastated Hemera, its President sends a distress signal to its sister planet, Erebus. Hemera’s president has awakened and needs help. Lane, a government hit man, is forced into a military mission to Hemera to find and rescue the president. Lane is thrown into the mix with twenty other soldiers, many of whom despise him–including a former love interest.

Told the planet was uninhabited—no life existed—the soldiers stepped foot on its surface to find they were not alone.

Mankind existed–but so did something else.

Morgan nailed it with The Dead Lands. This book has everything: great characters—both loved and despised, a touch of romance, a touch of humor, a whole lot of blood, gore, guts, brains, and my favorite—bone fragments.

The action was almost nonstop, and absolutely teeth-clenching and nail-biting. The author added just the perfect amount of down time between action sequences to allow the reader to take a deep breath and get ready for more.

Morgan’s writing is beautifully descriptive. Not only is he well versed in describing carnage, some of the scenes he paints for the readers are absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorite lines was, “Water droplets fell like stars discarded by the arrival of early morning sunlight.”
Simply poetic …

The author has an uncanny knack of pulling the reader directly into the mind of his creations. I wanted to cry, puke, and pee my pants right along with the characters.

The Dead Lands is a shining example of how excellent writing and a great plot come together to make a fantastic book.

Guys, this has everything you’ll ever ask for in a book. Ladies, there is a love story hidden in its pages.

I give this one 5 stars. If I could give it more, I would.

The Dead Lands is now available!  Grab your copy!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Learn more about Dylan J. Morgan at http://dylanjmorgan.wordpress.com/

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Review of Treed by Craig McGray

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McGray hacked open the pages of this short story, shoved in a load of gore and depravity, and sewed it up tight with the threads of freakin’ awesome.

Treed is a mini story with maximum punch. When a deal between two psychopaths goes sour, the deadly duo find themselves stuck in a twisted alliance and haunted by the same gruesome specter.   While in the forest attempting to cover up their latest despicable deed, the two men find that this time, they are not the ones creating the nightmares, but in fact they are forced to face the demons of their own.

This story took me about an hour to read.  It is well written, well thought out, and very descriptive.  It was gross, disturbing, and a little stomach turning–as it should be.  The dialogue was very nicely done and refreshingly foul, the story original, and I enjoyed the slight touch of humor here and there.

One line I particularly enjoyed was, “… moving her was like moving a plank of wood-a bloody, sticky plank.”  I have to admit, that gave me bit of a chuckle.

I’m looking forward to reading more of McGray’s work.  I have no trouble recommending this one.

I give this one 5 stars.

You can buy Treed at:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Learn more about Craig McGray at:  http://craigmmcgraywrites.blogspot.com/

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Review of Paulie by M.A. Myers

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The cover of this book has been creeping me out for quite some time and I have really wanted to read it.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a short story and I was able to read it in one evening.  I almost stopped reading in the middle because I was getting a little freaked out and afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep, but that is exactly what this book is supposed to do.

It totally delivered.  I kept reading.

A woman alone with her children in a big house, a husband late from work—these things alone are enough play on the fears of every mother, but then the situation turned from simple unease to horrific.   Without giving anything away, I can say that the ceiling crawling scene was frightening and very nicely done!

There were a few grammatical errors but it did not take away from enjoyment of this book.

The teaser chapter at the end for Paulie 2 left me anxiously waiting for the next installment.

Well done M.A. Myers.  Now hurry with book #2!

I give this one 5 stars.

You can find Paulie at:  Smashwords

Learn more about M.A. Myers at:  http://mamyers.wordpress.com/

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